Durango Trails plans, builds and maintains trails; educates trail users and creates connections.
Great ideas often grow into great movements. In the early 1980s, four Durango locals who were trail users first hatched such an idea. A few local business people were sharing lunch at Olde Tymer's Café on Main Avenue when the conversation turned to the imminent growth and development of Durango and how the existing trail system would need to be protected. The four eventually shared the discussion with Ed Zink, Durango native, and owner of The Outdoorsman, (now Mountain Bike Specialists), who carried the idea up the ladder to Sally Wisely, then the regional director of the Bureau of Land Management. Together, they dreamed up an independent trails group that would interface with the local land agencies, and Trails 2000 was born.
The story goes that the group's first board of directors had a two-part goal - preserve and protect Durango's existing trails network and build 200 miles of trail by the year 2000. Longtime Durangoan and trails enthusiast Bill Manning was roped in to run the organization as a volunteer director, and he started the job by recruiting volunteers to build trail for the first-ever unified World Mountain Bike Championships, held in Durango in 1990.
Not long after, a board of directors was formed and trailwork commenced on the Telegraph Trail system not far from Durango's east side. From there, Trails 2000 handily secured many of the easements for trail access on private lands in Horse Gulch. The group then turned its attention to the town's west side and raised funds for the City's first open pace acquisition at Durango Mountain Park (now Overend Mountain Park), and a great movement began to pick up speed . . .
Durango Trails boosts the local quality of life
Recently, as I crested the apex on Raider Ridge between the Skyline and Sugar trails, a spectacular sunset unfolded and I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the place we call home - and the miraculous work accomplished by Trails 2000.
Once back home from my soul-satisfying mountain bike ride, I sat down to read the T2000 booklet recently published by this amazing organization and gained an even greater appreciation for the incredible legacy created by the founders and current T2000 team of board members and volunteers. I absolutely loved the "Voices of the Trails" interviews and the many wise tidbits of trail wisdom.
Thanks to Trails 2000 for greatly enhancing our community's quality of life!